Coaching and Consulting

stock-photo-30765220-drawing-a-career-planHow do coaches and consultants work in organizations?

  • The coach usually works on a one-on-one basis and may be coaching more than one person in the organization. Their main role is to support the client, build on their strengths and enables the client to solve problems or change things for the better. Firmly grounded in values-based goal setting, the coach promotes self-discovery, facilitates growth and supports the client’s efforts to move forward.
  • The consultant is a business or management expert and usually works closely with the leaders of the organization and management. The primary job of the consultant is to teach and suggest strategies for parts of the business, transactions or specific projects. They provide a very valuable outside view and “fresh perspective” on complex issues.

How can working with someone who is trained as a coach and consultant benefit an individual, team or organization?

  • When leaders make strategic decisions, it often has a direct impact on their lives, and the lives of their employees and families. Before decisions are made, there might be a high level of anxiety, uncertainty and concern about what will happen once a company or agency executes on a wide-ranging change in the organization. An experienced and well trained coach/consultant will have a much deeper understanding of the dynamics involved with such a change. Although the line between coaching and consulting is sometimes a bit blurred, the well trained professional will bring all of their skills to the table for the good of all who are involved with such important organizational decisions.

How does a coach help an individual who is embarking on a life transition like retirement, selling a business or starting a new career?

  • The coach begins by helping the person discover their core values and beliefs to ensure they are aligned with the change they are contemplating. This may sound simplistic, but it’s the coaches’ job to explore these issues on a deep level so any changes that are made will truly be life fulfilling and meaningful to the person.

What’s the difference between coaching and consulting?
To illustrate the difference, let’s say an adult wants to learn how to ride a bike again:

  • The consultant will explain all of the details of the bike: Gears, brakes, tire pressure, handle bar location, spokes, types of pedals, weight of the frame and how to repair a flat tire. They provide you with the “how to ride a bike” answers, and focus on fixing the problem if you can’t ride correctly.
  • The coach will train the person to gradually get comfortable with the bike, get on it and eventually be able to safely ride the bike wherever the person wants to ride. If necessary, the coach will run alongside of you holding the bike steady while you’re learning. Cheering you all the way, the coach’s job is not done until that person is riding a bike…with a helmet on!